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The Coquimbo Valley is a region that encompasses the Elqui, Limarí and Choapa Valleys in northern Chile. The low altitude area is very hot and dry, close to the Atacama desert. 
 
Most of the grapes in the region are harvested for the distillation of Pisco, the national brandy. However, some quality wine production has emerged in recent years thanks to modern irrigation and rock-clearing for plantings in places with higher altitudes into the Andes. 
 
Red wines are produced mainly from Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Whites from Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. 
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Carmenère

    History of the grape: Carmenère was once widely planted in Bordeaux’s Medoc for its deep color and unique gaminess. I...

  • Pedro Ximénez

    Ximénez, Jimenez, Ximénès, Pedro, Pedro Giménez, Pedro Jimenez, Pedro Khimenes, Pedro Ximénès, Pedro Ximenes De Jerez...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

Subregions of Coquimbo

  • Elqui Valley

    Reaching far to the north of Chile is the Elqui Valley whose climate, despite being so close to...

  • Limarí Valley

    Reaching far to the north of Chile is the Limari Valley whose climate, despite being so close t...

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  • Viña Falernia

    The company was founded in 1998 after Aldo Olivier Gramola realised the potential for producing s...

  • Tabali Wines

    The winery started its vineyards plantations in 1993 in the exciting and promising Limari Valley ...

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Coquimbo on Snooth

  • Piggy Bank Syrah 2010

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    Jolly decent spicy rose-hip and black fruit nose. Generous fruity palate a little liveliness and peppery spicy finish Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler


  • Viña Falernia Pedro Ximénez 2010

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    Typically used to make Pisco in Chile, the small plantings of Pedro Ximenez used for still table wine is really only seen in the Elqui Valley of Chile. Elqui is one of Chile's northernmost wine regions and quite a mystical place in and of itself; it's no wonder they are experimenting with turning this grape into wine and it's actually not too ba... Read More

    Wine review by Jake Pippin


  • Viña Falernia Syrah Reserva 2007

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    This deep plum dry wine from Chile had a fruity smell but the taste was not strongly fruity. Taste of smokey spicy plum. Nice balance of acidity but a little alcoholic. Great for a BBQ. Read More

    Wine review by lakenvelder


  • Mayu Reserva Carménère Chile Muut Punaviinit Vica Mayu Do Elqui Valley 2010

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    This wine has a warm smell of plum, blueberry and chocolate. Delicious! Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Maycas del Limari Limari Valley Reserva Especial Chardonnay 2007

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    Clean and bright light yellow, with green nuances. Mineral and citric aromas with subtle notes of yellow apple and hazelnut. Fresh and mineral, smooth and juicy with long and pleasant aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by josefinamujica


  • Cucao Px 2010

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    An interesting white wine, in the under $10 price range. Read More

    Wine review by RUS


  • Viña Falernia Carménère Reserva 2007

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    My favorite every day wine at the moment. Tastes better than many higher priced wines. Will add a case to my cellar. Read More

    Wine review by weberottawa


  • Vina Falerina Fundacion Carmenere Reserve 2007

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    Very peppery and tasty Read More

    Wine review by coxy61


  • Tamaya Carménère Reserve 2009

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    Seems like a very basic wine. I can definitely smell black berry and the grapes, which make it very pleasing to the nose. Very thin horizon with deep purple-red color. But again the taste is very light and basic. The mixture of flavors makes it hard to distinguish any of them with relative certainty. I do, however like the tannis, which is smoot... Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Tabalí Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2007

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    Increible! Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


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